How to Apply

Apply to MSU

Application deadline: December 5 of each year.

For consideration, submit the following materials:

  • The MSU Application for Graduate Study (online submission) - MSU highly encourages the use of the online application. If you cannot apply online, please contact the Graduate School for more information. NOTE: Admission is normally made only for fall semester.

    The university application must be completed online. In order to view the online application, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your machine. After you have completed your application, please feel free to contact the Neuroscience Program office at anytime after December 5th to verify your application is complete. Our admissions committee does not review incomplete applications.
  • The application fee of $65 (online submission with MSU Application) - For all applicants domestic and international. University policy states that applications will not be processed unless the application fee is paid, without exception.
  • A personal statement (online submission with MSU Application) - Outline your research interest and goals and how the Neuroscience Program at MSU and our training faculty will help you to achieve your long term career goals. It is also important to describe in your statement how you might contribute to a diverse community here at MSU and any obstacles that you have overcome in gaining your present level of education. Describe in detail any prior research and/or laboratory experience (including a description of the research question, the methods used, your findings and conclusions).

    Include in the statement the names of 2-4 training faculty members whom you might like to work with and be interviewed by. We strongly encourage you to contact our training faculty at any stage in the admissions process, even before you have submitted an application. The identification of these faculty will not limit your choices of labs once you are here, but will help us determine whether there is a good match between your interests and our program.

    Please limit your personal statement to two pages included on the online graduate application.

    NOTE: The Neuroscience Program only requires a personal statement - this personal statement should include all aspects of the "academic statement," but the academic statement itself is not required.
  • Transcripts - Transcripts may be mailed from ALL institutions attended after high school. These must be originals in signed and sealed envelopes, no copies accepted, (mail directly to Neuroscience Program).  Transcripts sent electronically MUST be sent directly from your academic institution or clearing house.  Transcripts uploaded to the portal by the applicant are NOT official transcripts and will not be considered.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official copy of GRE scores (mail directly to Neuroscience Program) - Submit scores for the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing assessments. For more information on the GRE, please visit the MSU Testing Office or the Official GRE page.

    NOTE: To have GRE scores sent to us, our Institution Code is 1465 and our Department Code is 0213.
  • Official copy of TOEFL scores (mail directly to Neuroscience Program) - International applicants ONLY. For TOEFL scores to be sent to us, our Institution Code is 1465 and our Department Code is 30.
    NOTE for International Applicants: Michigan State University is an equal opportunity institution, and we receive high quality applications from North Americans and internationals residing in North America. Therefore, the admissions process is highly competitive. Due to the nature of funds available for stipend support, we are limited in our ability to accept international students. We would like you to consider this information while you are planning to apply to our program.
  • Three letters of recommendation - Applicants will receive instructions for online submission of Letters of Recommendation when they submit their online graduate application. Ideally, each recommender will have some knowledge of your scientific training at present and potential in the future and should address these issues in his/her letter. Hard copy letters sent directly to the Neuroscience Program WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  • Attend the Neuroscience Program Interview Days - For 2019 admission, Interview Days are scheduled on January 17-19, 2019. Top applicants will be invited for an interview and should plan on attending. If there is a conflict, please contact the office to determine whether other arrangements can be made. During the visit, applicants will interview with selected faculty members and become acquainted with MSU campus, facilities and predoctoral students from the Program.

Mail relevant material to:
Neuroscience Program
Michigan State University
Giltner Hall
293 Farm Lane Room 108
East Lansing, MI 48824-1101
Phone: (517) 353-8947
Fax: (517) 432-2744